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November 2014 Blog Posts (8)

Black Friday 4 AM (or not) Why not give a gift of Home Safety

I am going in a slightly different direction today.  Besides being parents, many of you are also children of aging parents or grandparents. You are also neighbors and friends with people that could use this information or gifts for that matter.  Attached is the link to the "Give a Gift of Home Safety" brochure from the Johnson County Livable Community organization.  It has many good ideas of useful gifts for this holiday season.…


Added by Jane Gay on November 28, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Need someholiday gifts ideas for your child, grandchild or friends?

Personally, while I want to find something new, fun or unique >> I usually don’t have the time  or energy to shop and do this.  After a quick search, I thought these might help get you started (espeically  if you share my shopping problems).

  • The article “15 Great Online Toy Stores for Children with Special Needs” really gets you started!    …

Added by Jane Gay on November 26, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Caring Santa Events - Sunday, December 7th

Make your reservation for a Caring Santa visit! Available in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on Sunday, December 7, 2014, various times.  Check out the links for additional details and locations in IL and MN for families living on Iowa's…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on November 22, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Bedtime Math

      We've all heard of reading stories to children at bedtime but what about offering math problems at bedtime?  The idea of reviewing math and making math a fun part of…


Added by Jane Gay on November 19, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments



The presence of physical barriers on the playground can prevent children with disabilities from participating with other children, and restrict parents with disabilities from interacting with their own children. The U.S. Access Board has issued new guidance for playground owners on selecting and installing playground surfaces. Developed by the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University,…


Added by Jane Gay on November 17, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments

Making games more useable by everyone.

Put the dice in a clear water bottle - the dice are rolled by knocking the bottle over.  Less fine motor control is needed and the dice don't get lost.

 If the game uses cards, as in Candyland, put metal paperclips on them and pick a card from the pile using a "magic" magnetic wand. (

Added by Jane Gay on November 12, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Build a better board game

Build a Better Board Game!

 Here's a way to adapt board games by  Eileen Haddon from the Vermont AT Program


  • 1 board game (like Sorry)
  • 2 metal cookie sheets
  • super-strong magnets (discs) from a craft or hobby store
  • 3M Super 77 multi-purpose adhesive spray
  • Gorilla Glue
  • 1 clear water bottle or metal paperclips and a "magic" magnetic wand (depending on if your      game uses dice or…

Added by Jane Gay on November 5, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

FIND Staff
Congratulations to the "Trick or Treat Your Feet" Basket Winners

Congratulations to Linda Brundies and Lisathe winners of the "Trick or Treat Yourself" Basket! …


Added by FIND Support on November 4, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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